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Summary: Understanding spiritual gifts unifies a body and enables it for service. #5 of 5.

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Title: What’s A Body To Do?

Series: Discovering God’s Special Gifts

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 31

Theme: Understanding spiritual gifts unifies a body and enables it for service.

Introduction: The Heretic

I was walking in San Francisco along the Golden Gate Bridge when I saw a man about to jump off. I tried to dissuade him from committing suicide and told him simply that God loved him. A tear came to his eye. I then asked him, “Are you a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu, or what?”

He said, “I’m a Christian.”

I said, “Me, too, small world . . .Protestant or Catholic?”

He said, “Protestant.”

I said, “Me, too, what denomination?”

He said, “Baptist.”

I said, “Me, too, Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Baptist.”

I said, “Well, ME TOO, Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.”

I said, “Well, that’s amazing! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist or Northern Conservative Reformed Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist.”

I said, “Remarkable! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Eastern Region?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region.”

I said, “A miracle! Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Fundamentalist Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.”

I said, “DIE HERETIC!’ and pushed him over the rail. (Source unknown)

I. A BODY FUNCTIONS AS A UNIFIED ORGANISM. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

A. A Body Has Many Members That Function As One (12)

Illustration: What Do You Mean ‘We’?

Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Indian warriors on horses, dressed for battle.

The Lone Ranger turned to Tonto and asked, "What are we going to do?"

Tonto replied, "What you mean ’we,’ white man?" (Edward Dobson, In Search of Unity, p. 20-27, http://christianglobe.com/illustrations)

1. Race is insignificant.

2. Social status doesn’t matter.

3. Political affiliation is unimportant.

4. Educational background irrelevant.

5. Rich or poor.

6. Fat or thin.

7. Beautiful or ugly.

B. I Am A Member Of Christ’s Body (13)

1. We become part of the body as we are baptized by Christ with the Holy Spirit.

Note: Paul is not speaking of water baptism here.

2. Being part of a body emphasizes the unity of all believers. (Ephesians 4:4-6)

3. Being made to drink into one Spirit or being baptized by the Holy Spirit (refers to the same thing) is not an experience to seek, but a reality to acknowledge.

a. At salvation, all believers become full members of Christ’s body.

b. At salvation, the Holy Spirit is placed within each believer. (Romans 8:8-9; Colossians 2:10)

c. There is no need for a second blessing.

II. A BODY ACKNOWLEDGES ITS MANY MEMBERS (1 Corinthians 12:14-17)

A. No Member Of The Body Is In Control (14)


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